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Planet Bean Coffee Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 118
Gots: 25 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Planet Bean Coffee Stout is smooth, dark, full-bodied, and satisfyingly rich. Coffee beans expertly roasted at Cumberland County Coffee Company give this stout its powerful aroma and pronounced fresh-brewed coffee flavor. Your only problem with this tempting brew will be resisting the urge to pour it in your coffee mug before work!

(Beer added by: Deuane on 02-28-2009)
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Photo of urwithdave
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A big thanks to captinredbeard for hooking me up with this! I've been wanting it for quite some time!

A- pours black in color. Some brown highlights when held to the light. A two finger mocha head. Nice retention and some spotty lacing left behind.

A- surprise! Yeah, coffee leads the way. A strong, dark, black coffee at that. Some distant hints of dark chocolate.

T- very bitter, charred, burnt coffee. I love coffee and coffee stouts, but this is just not doing it for me. The strong char must cover any vanilla, because I'm getting no vanilla at all. Maybe a bit of dark chocolate, but again, it's hard to differentiate any flavors since the char is so intense.

M- another dissapoinment for me. This "stout" is water thin. The carbonation is moderate. The finish is dry, but there is a bitter char after taste that is just dirty tasting.

D- No thanks! It was high on my wants list and I'm very glad that I had the opportunity to land this bottle, but I don't think I would ever drink it again. I had very high hopes for this one. Maybe I just had a skunked bottle. I read through many reviews and most of them were obviously pretty high.

urwithdave, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Khazadum
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Who's the man? Alex is the man. Thanks again Alex! 2010 bottle poured into my lovely snifter.

A- Black as night! Well, maybe not a night out in the boonies. I'd put it at a city night with brown-caramel edges. The head isn't that classic mocha, but mocha light. It is off-mocha. Nothing overwhelming present in this glass. Just a faint skin of head with a strong collar.

S- Well, like its name it has coffee here. However, its that sickening coffee left on the burner for hours smell that people complain about. I loved it! Its so original in how it handled its aroma. Burnt coffee morphing into roasted and charred grains moving into tobacco notes and finishing with paper cinders.

T- Another let down beer when you take it onto your palate. The bouquet is fantastic, but all this gave me was faint smoke, tobacco, and burnt grains in a jumble. It was all talk and no walk. Not even any coffee flavors to note.

M- Really watery for a stout. Very little hugging. No stickiness. It was just... plain.

D- Sure, this was an easy drinker with no alcohol presence, but would I ever want to drink it again? Definitely not. Undercarbonated, underwhelming, and definitely bland in character.

Khazadum, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of BarronWolfgang
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is by far the best tasting coffee stout that I have ever tasted. Many have tried to create this combination, but very few have succeded. Without the coffee, this alone would be a great tasting stout, but the coffee combination makes it even better. It's very smooth and refreshing. This is something that you could easily drink for breakfast!

BarronWolfgang, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an opaque black color with large dark tan head that recedes at a moderate rate with good lacing. super strong coffee smell that's about the only thing one could possibly notice. taste is much the same. super smooth breakfasty stout like. absolutely fantastic brew!!! medium to full bodied with a creamy texture. long flavor duration, with so much coffee flavor it's almost unreal. this brew is a must try!

berpwillie, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill at the brewery.
Pours black and beautiful with a full and frothy tan head. Retention and lacing are adequate. Smell is other worldy. More fresh roasted coffee in the nose than any other java brew I've come across. Leaves me salivating. Taste is very coffee forward, as expected. Nothing different or unique for a coffee stout, just better and fresher than any I've tried. Milder notes of cocoa lay under the surface to fill out the palate. Bitterness and carbonation is mild. Mouthfeel is a little bit more fluid than expected, which I didn't mind on this 90 degree afternoon. This growler went quickly so if you plan on sharing, get two.

JunkYardJake, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL courtesy of cmurren25, thanks man! Pours "darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night" with a fine-bubbled light brown foam. Some lacing, not much and retention is average.

Nose is coffee all the way. Husky beans, freshly ground! A little bit of sweet chocolate but the coffee really dominates.

Whoa, this is surprisingly easy to drink. Alcohol does not play much of a role here. Not really thick and chewy...nor is it thin; just goes down so damn fast. Acidic from the coffee and malt, fresh as hell tasting. Touch of sweetness makes this one of the best coffee beers I have ever had.

twiggamortis420, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Thanks to corby112 for this from our most recent trade!

A: Pours an absolutely shade of burnt motor oil black. No light getting throught this one. Sitting on top is a quickly dissipating, dark khaki head that starts off at about two fingers and then melts down to a whispy skim and thick ring. Some sticky ropes were left behind.

S: Extremely coffee forward. Heavily roasted dark roast/espresso with layers of burnt malt, cocoa nibs, fudge, and dark chocolate. Now and again I caught a faint cherry and/or lemon aroma, too.

T: Just as above with the addition of more ashy char, pepper, and robust chocolate. I could swear I picked up a meaty and roasty chipotle pepper flavor as well.

M: Right out of the fridge it poured a little on the thin side and only thickened a fraction as it warmed. Quite bitter and peppery.

D: Very easy to drink. A 7% coffee stout...damn near sessionable in my book.

GbVDave, May 27, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by a generous soul - thanks to whoever you are.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust coffee on top of more coffee. Roasted malt aromas and unsweetened chocolate aromas are present as well but the coffee is in charge.

Tastes good. Roasted malt flavors with hints of char kick things off and are almost immediately overtaken by roasted coffee flavors. The roasted malt flavors fall out midway through the sip, leaving coffee and light char to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinakbility is good. I finished my glass and could have another without any problems.

Overall the nose on this beer is very nice however the flavor profile just wasn't fleshed out as well as I'd hoped. Still, this is a very good coffee beer that's worth a shot.

glid02, May 20, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this from jyoungsbcp. Thanks, Josh!

Pouring jet black with zero highlights, this beer is capped with a light brown head with excellent retention and nice lacework. This is a particularly attractive stout.

The nose is pure and simple - coffee. Top quality roasted coffee with a great roasted bitterness, some chocolate, a little earth - spot on, really. The base stout is obliterated, but really, that isn't a bad thing. Great stuff.

The palate, though, is a lot more disappointing. While the coffee character is strong, there's also a noticeable tartness/acidity present. Again, this is almost all about the coffee, with just a little cocoa. Drying on the finish with a coffee bitterness, this is decent. Light in body, maybe even thin, there just isn't enough heft to the beer to balance out the big coffee flavor. Carbonation is moderate, this is decent. Not as amazing as I'd hoped, but it'd do.

DefenCorps, May 17, 2010
Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Before I can even get to the review, I have to note that this cork is toughest that I've encountered... That's not a knock nor a compliment, just an observation...

A - An active cascading pour gives way to two plus fingers worth of brown chunky and slightly rocky head with modest retention that gives way to a full rich frothy lace... Opaque abyss black color... Trace amounts of lacing clings to the glass...

S - It should come as no surprise the the coffee dominates the nose, and while its quite potent I expected slightly more... The coffee scent is reminiscent of a cup of french pressed dark roast.. Also present are some very faint hints of roasted malt and even fainter hints of dark chocolate...

T - The intense coffee flavor dominates the palette... Some roasted malt and a touch of licorice rise on the finish..

M - Terrific... Lush and creamy... Medium to full bodied... Just the slightest touch of carbonation... A little on the thin side, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing in this case...

D - One of the most insanely quaffable stouts that I've ever encountered... Remarkably smooth, especially given the intensity of the coffee components... Even more impressive is that this offering comes from microbrewery host in a barn in Amish country... This one gets bonus points for that...

philbe311, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of jjayjaye
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some times you wonder if you're drinking the same beer as the previous raters. This one really needs to warm up. Poured aggressively this one produced a full finger dark tan loose foamy head that was gone in the blink of an eye, without leaving much collar. The smell is like strong darkly roasted coffee beans. A decent amount of tingly carbonation is lost without much supporting body. The mouth feel is quite thin, almost watery. The full on roasted coffee flavor rocks, but again, without any stickiness it's like a cold cup of coffee. I'm really glad that i had the opportunity to consider it...thanks Ryan.

jjayjaye, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Adam for this bottle.

Pours pitch black with no light passing through and a surprisingly big thick tan head that remains a full inch-thick cap for the duration with very good lacing.

The aroma is dominated by heavily roasted coffee, dark chocolate malts.

The taste is a step up from the aroma in my opinion. It's still all about the coffee, but there's also a bit of roasted malts, vanilla and a shot of cream. Taste almost like a latte with an extra shot of espresso.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a lively carbonation. It's dry in the finish and has a nice body for a non-impy stout.

As a coffee lover, this was always going to hit the spot. It's a coffee-heavy stout with all the right supporting elements to keep things extremely drinkable. Excellent stuff.

gford217, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this bottle with beerloco, mrsbeerloco, and mikey711 at a tasting today. Bottle acquired at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Appearance: Stock opaque with a 1 finger light brown crown that shows little retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Very strong slightly burnt malt and intense coffee notes dancing in an olfactory waltz.

Taste: Same as nose but with a slight cream note that really balances the roast malt out.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin but it works.

Drinkability: The burnt quality keeps me from wanting too much but this is a great beer.

koopa, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Gfunk720
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A special thanks to my buddy Brian for making this one possible. Out of my DFH snifter, pretty sure this was a bottle from this year. The cork was pretty tough to get out...

A-Very short, light tan head, that dissipates quickly. Pitch black in color, and allows no light to pass through.

S-Smells of rich, fresh ground, dark coffee. The smell is so dominant, that I really don't notice anything else.

T-Somewhat bitter upfront, but transitions to a nice flavor of black coffee. It smoothes lightly, and then hits with a strong coffee aftertaste. Could be a little heavier on the malt, and not so coffee dominant

M- Honestly, it's just a little too thin for my liking. I expected it to be a little thicker, and have a bit more mouth to it.

D-Very drinkable, despite the somewhat bitterness. As a coffee lover, I find myself keep reaching for more and more. The lingering coffee flavor in my mouth keeps me craving more.

All in all a very solid beer, and among the top coffee flavored beers I've had. I forget what coffee was blended, but it is very tasty and dark. The smell is crazy strong, and just reeks of coffee. I'd definitely grab another bottle if given the opportunity.

Gfunk720, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

Oh, that's impressive. Absolutely 0% light penetration with this one. It's black. It has a two-finger head of thick and creamy brown foam sitting on top. The retention is great. The lacing is on the thin side of things, but is very sticky.

Wow. The smell is just as impressive. This smells more like coffee than any other beer that I can think of. It smells more like coffee than beer, actually. It has elements of both fresh brewed coffee and fresh roasted coffee beans. Light hints of medium level sweetness chocolates. A very nice hint of vanilla caramels.
This smell is absolutely wonderful!

This is almost more like a glass of coffee than beer. The taste is totally coffee. A wonderful level of fresh roasted beans. Not overly roasted, at all. No bitterness. Mid-palate I get a slight touch of malty sweetness, along with a kiss of caramel, trying to break through. It gives a nice balance and reminds that, yes, this is a beer. Other than that though, it's all about the coffee.
This is absolutely everything that I've ever wanted from a coffee beer. Incredible.

It's got a medium to almost full body and a light-to-medium level of carbonation. It is very smooth and has a light hint of creaminess to it. Sort of like crushed velvet.

I have a hard time believing that this is 7.00%abv. It absolutely doesn't drink like it, at all. It is very easy drinking and I wish that I had more than just this one bottle. Either that or that Spring House would make a whole lot more of it, so that I could get more!

coldmeat23, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of younger35
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received this brew from Mr. Gibby over there in good ol' Philly. I'm a HUGE fan of coffee beers and this one is supposed to be one of the best. Can't wait. Drank from my Darkness snifter while watching the Olympics.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brown/black with a decent half finger dark brown head that fizzles away fairly quickly. A nice and spotty cap along with a thin collar and a bit of extremely light lacing.
Smell- Well probably not surprising but the nose is just full of rich coffee goodness. Lightly sweet and lightly chocolaty with more coffee mixed in and a touch of caramel. Almost a light vanilla mixed in and combined with the caramel there is a slight barrel like thing going. The coffee is 98% of the nose though.
Taste- Exactly what I was hoping for! Loads of rich roasted coffee that isn't bitter in the slightest. The roast is fairly intense but the beer isn't acidic or harsh what-so-ever. A touch of cream sort of adds a milky vanilla thing along with some light and earthy cocoa. Loads of coffee into the finish as it lingers and lingers. Can't believe this is 7%.
Mouthfeel- A bit waterier than I'd like as the body is on the small side of medium with a lightly oily feel and very light carbonation. Probably the only slight flaw in the beer.
Drinkability- Really really enjoyed this one. Probably not up to the level of Peche Mortel, Short's Cup O' Joe or Bell's Java Stout but it's damn close. They get a touch more body in this brew and it's one of the best. Thanks much Jeff, mucho appreciated sir!

younger35, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spring House- Planet Bean

A- Deep dark brown with a small filmy creamy tan head. Small 1 ring of lacing.
S- Fresh medium to dark roast coffee beans. Very pungent, amazing!
T- Sweet black coffee. Deep dark roasted beans. Fresh and strong coffee.
M- Like most others around here this was a bit thin and watery. Very little bitterness or astringency. Sweet sugary but a bit watery.

Overall- Amazing aroma and good fresh bean flavor. Find this 1.

NJpadreFan, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, opaque black body. Medium tan frothy head. About an inch deep. Good retention keeps the head up before forming a well-covering skim. Spotty lacing coats the glass.

S: Rich, moderately roasted coffee. No noticeable char, but a good hearty roast. Some other roasted notes including dark chocolate and caramel. A good start.

T: The taste kind of bottoms out compared to the other top tier coffee stouts... The roasted coffee notes take over and overshadow the other notes that may or may not be present. The bits of chocolate and caramel that I noticed in the nose are essentially gone.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. Moderate carbonation. Clean, slightly bitter finish.

D: A very nice coffee stout. Somewhat one dimensional in the taste department compared to the big boys (Peche Mortel, Short's Cup of Joe, CW Coffee Stout, etc). Still worth a try and I am eager to see how the bottled version ends up tasting.

callmemickey, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark, near black with minimal head. Smell is a big whiff of spent coffee grounds, taste is of freshly brewed medium roast coffee with no additives, faint taste of burnt grains. Pretty one dimensional in both fronts, but the uality of the coffee scent and flavor saves it. Body is pretty thin and almost watery for the style. Like the Kerplunk, it comes off as rather one dimensional in most areas, and what saves it is the quality of the input ingredients.

rfgetz, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Someone brought this to the Younger release last Friday, but I'm not sure who. Thanks, whoever you are.

It's black in the glass with a dark brown head that subsides quickly. The nose absolutely reeks of coffee, there's literally nothing else there. It's like inhaling used coffee grounds. One-dimensional but enjoyable. It's the same on the palate, massive coffee flavor with only a hint of malt backing it. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, I feel like this could use more body and a touch more malt to balance the huge coffee flavor. Very enjoyable overall, with an overly dominant but nicely executed coffee character.

largadeer, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks FooFaa for the generous shipping of a growler.

Pours black with a little bit of head, wholy coffee heaven! this thing smacks you in the face with coffee aroma and then hits you again for good measure.

Like alcoholic coffee the flavor follows the aroma, giant coffee but with suprisingly almost no astringency, quite a feat actually.

The one dissapointment with this is the mid-sip and body of the beer, very thin, if this could be pumped up to a full bodied beer with the same coffee character it would be out of this world (for coffee beer fans).

Very glad I got to try this.

SShelly, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared at the PtY release on 2/5/10

A: The pour is black as night with a nice tan colored foam on top, but not much in the way of carbonation.

S: The nose is what I was hoping for! Very, very strong aromas of roasted coffee without much room for anything else. Perhaps a touch of roasted malt found its way into my nostrils.

T: Once again, this is sensory overload with the coffee. It's nearly like drinking a cup of the stuff. There is some noticeable roasted malt, but it seems to just contribute more to the coffee flavor.

M: The body was actually quite disappointing. The beer is quite thin and the low carbonation does not help to mask this deficiency.

D: Despite the poor body, this is still a very good beer. You certainly have to enjoy coffee to like this one, but I found it to be quite tasty.

womencantsail, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"I grind my own beans." - Frank Drebin Police Squad, (The Naked Gun 33 1/3)

On-Tap at Capone's

A- Planet bean is a black coffee stout, that pretty much sums it up. Night time sky black with a semi sturdy dark tan mocha head that faded. Eventually this looked pretty dead flat and left no lace.

S- The best part of this planet is the smell, I could smell this for days, rivaling breakfast stout. Deep roasted coffee beans some french vanilla and underlining dark malts. Mostly coffee, some chocolate.

T- The taste does not live up to the nose, but this is still damn fine stuff. Coffee with alot of roast and some burnt qualities. Some faint milk cream in the back and alot of malt sweetness in the finish.

M- The feel is thinner than expected, planet bean is smooth going down and i would say it's pretty much medium with low carbonation. The coffee sticks around for a few with a slight bitter aftertaste for a sec. A slightly bigger body may have helped but planet bean is no slouch where it's at.

D- I'm surprised this is 7%, I thought it would be a bit bigger, the seven is hidden while the coffee is big. My 13oz was a perfect size, I don't think I could willingly do a bomber of this, it may be a chore.

BARFLYB, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh snap. I get to try the Planet Bean. I had waited a long, long time to try this one. 750ml bottle was corked and caged, and served at cellar temp. Poured into a pint glass and this one were consumed on 02/03/2010.
 
The pour was simply stunning, rich dark black in color with a nice one inch head of foam that just sat up on the top ever so gently. Never really receding but just dropping tons and tons of lacing all over the glass. Best coffee aroma I have ever come across in a beer. Rich, dark, well roasted. No sign of bitterness just the sweet, medium roast that was simply amazing. Even warming seemed to simply accent this even more bringing forward loads of rich coffee, hints of chocolate and even a touch of vanilla. Such a smooth, even flavor I was beside myself with every sip. It seemed to start to take on a life of its own after a few minutes. Rich decadent coffee with a touch of a bourbon edge, just really wonderfully done. Not sure if that was just me picking that up but there was this wonderful sense of richness to it that it almost tasted like an oak like barrel influence. Again stunningly done. Near perfect full body with a richness that was sincerely second to none. I just kept going back to it over and over and over some more.
 
One of the best beers I have ever had hands down. Deserves every heap of praise it gets. Too bad there is just not more of it out there.

mikesgroove, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark black with a mocha-colored head and some pretty good lacing. Lots of coffee in the nose with a bit of sweetness and malty roast; a bit of chocolate as well. Very similar taste with some bitterness from the coffee that works its way in quite well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Good drinkability--a very solid effort from a great little brewery.

Thorpe429, Feb 03, 2010
Planet Bean Coffee Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.